About the author
About the author
Louise Mangos grew up in rural north Hertfordshire, England. Her passion for writing was prompted by winning a poetry competition at the age of eleven and subsequently seeing her work published in the local newspaper. Her determination to see the world led her to set aside her artistic desires on leaving school, to obtain a Diploma in Business Communications, before embarking on a series of global travels during which she never stopped writing. She returned to art to study several foundation courses in Switzerland, then later journalism and creative writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder in her mid-twenties. Following a series of creative and novel writing workshops, the ambition to publish a full-length work of fiction was hatched.
Her first novel, the psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Opening Chapter Competition in 2015, finalist in the 2016 Exeter Novel prize, and long listed in the Bath Novel Award 2017.
'On a spring run near her home in Switzerland, Alice stops Manfred Guggenbuhl jumping from a notorious suicide bridge. Manfred mistakes Alice’s euphoric relief as budding affection, and he begins to stalk her. But who will ultimately protect Alice and her family?'
Louise is currently editing her second thriller entitled Palette of Lies, about a young woman in Switzerland's only all-female prison who has been convicted of murder, but must uncover inconsistencies and corruption to prove her innocence and prevent the abduction of her six-year-old son. Her next project is another psychological suspense entitled The Edge of Obsession.
You can read or listen to some of her work via the following links by clicking on the titles:
Breakfast in Bed published on Reflex Fiction, October 2017
Will You Offer Me Your Hunger? published on Unbroken Journal, October 2017
Heavyweight Dreams shortlisted, Casket of Fictional Delights flash competition Sept 2017 (audio pod cast, 3rd story)
If You Go Down to the Woods Today published on Brilliant Flash Fiction, September 2017 (scroll to 8th story)
Aysha's Secret shortlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction 'concealment' theme competition, September 2017 (scroll to 5th story)
The Weight of Water long listed and published on Reflex Fiction, September 2017
Enchanted Cabin published in Issue 11 of Firefly (page 32), August 2017
Barbara's Salon published on Spelk Fiction, August 2017
Criteria for Cocktail Hour on a Tropical Atoll published on Ellipsis Zine, August 2017
Dinnertime in Delhi, published on Flash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day, June 2017
Harry's Hope, community winner Microcosms issue 75, June 2017
Blind Love, winner Flash Bang crime flash fiction competition, May 2017
Footprints in the Snow, published LossLit Flash Fiction web platform, May 2017
The Last Kiss, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, March 2017
Suspension, Community winner and judges pick, Microcosms 42, October 2016
Close Encounter, shortlisted, Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition, August 2016
Heat, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, February 2016
Take Me Drunk I'm Home, Flash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day, June 2016
An Icy End , published Spelk Flash Fiction platform, April 2016
Lady in Red, winner Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition, March 2016
New Bike, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, October 2015
Summer of '76, 2nd prize Erewash Writers Short Story Competition & broadcast on BBC 3 Counties Radio, autumn 2015
In other achievements, she was long listed for the Margery Allingham crime short story competition in spring 2017, placed 2nd in the Writers&Artists short story competition and shortlisted for the Flash500 quarterly flash fiction competition. Earlier in the year she was long listed in Bath Flash Fiction's inaugural Novella-in-flash award and the Fish flash competition. Last year she won the NWC Worldwide Flash Fiction competition, was long listed for the Fish and Colm Toibin short story, Ink Tears and Flash500 flash fiction competitions, was highly commended for her short story in the Manchester Fiction Prize, and was a notable contender for the Bristol short story prize. Her short story 'My Sister's Island' was published in the Nivalis 2016 anthology, and in 2017 her flash fiction 'Sainsbury Sorrow' was published in the Ellipsis Zine 'One' anthology, another flash piece 'Half Way to Guayaquil On The Roof of a Steam Train I Fall in Love' was published in the Firewords anthology, and her shortlisted flash 'Matchmaker' was published in the Hysteria 6 Anthology.
Between writing novels, short stories and flash fiction, she also paints pictures - mostly acrylic on canvas. Her work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Haus am See in Unterägeri Switzerland from the 17th to 19th November 2017.
Louise is represented by Louise Buckley at the Zeno Agency
Please feel free to visit the galleries on the following pages, where you can see some of her art, and visit her blog about her journey to publication and writing in general.
Louise lives in central Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons where she enjoys an active life in the mountains.